Top Ten Most Underrated Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Classical

It's my favourite music genre. It's sad that it can never be fully appreciated. It's like the true masterpiece by the name of Barry Lyndon and the breathtakingly beautiful goddess by the name of Anita Page. Both are absolutely beautiful and are sadly underappreciated, especially in our modern era. - TopTenTed

Once, my teacher said that we were going to listen to classical music to help us work at school, and 80% of the kids in my class GROANED. They literally GROANED. There were like, three people (myself included) who were excited about it.
Why does everyone hate all the music I like?

I don't fully understand people who say that music without lyrics is "not real music." Almost all, if not all classical pieces don't have lyrics, and classical is the absolute purest, most "real" form of music, at least in my opinion. Sure, it may not be my most listened to genre. Not by a long shot. But I still have an overwhelming amount of respect for classical music and the talented composers behind it. - Atham

It because it's so boring.

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2 Progressive Metal

There is pro metal and neo classical remember dream theater and cacophony

I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony

This is one good ass genre

Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.

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3 Jazz Jazz

Incredibly underrated. - Userguy44

Jazz doesn't sucks! Jazz is one of the best Music Genres - CedreticFomento

YES - JazzyJulie

If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else

Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix

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4 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

Prog Rock is awesome. It should get more attention in my opinion. - Userguy44

If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).

My friend used to be a huge grunge fan. Until I got him to listen to bands Like King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel etc. I kind of feel bad because one day he told me that he didn’t like grunge anymore. That might be true with everyone. Like it or not Prog is on top of the totem pole only to be beat out by classical music. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

If you want to check out some prog rock check out Ayreon. His music is great and even gets a lot of guest appearance singers

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5 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

So underrated - JazzyJulie

Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.

Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!

Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko

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6 Ambient

I love ambient music! It’s one of my favorite genres to listen to on a stressful day!

Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.

7 Space Rock

Hawkwind? - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!


Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo

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8 Electronic

The best besides metal. Electronic is just an amazing genre and so many songs with a place in my heart are electronic. I also liked electronic music longer than metal. - PhoenixAura81

Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk

Except for dubstep, electronic music is really fun and a lot of songs and artists focus on the melody more than lyrics, making them really nice to hear.

In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there

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9 Chillstep

Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk

Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy

Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine

Never liked electronic music, but in my opinion this is more artistic (and spine tingling) than dubstep, trance, nightcore, etc. - ToptenPizza

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10 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk is a genre that stands for something, too under appreciated - JazzPunk

Acquired taste some people can't handle it but I love it - JazzyJulie

Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.

Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance

Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza

Punk Music is just boring power cord that take little talent to play. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Punk rock isn't underrated - zxm

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Post-rock

I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago

Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.

"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo

12 Experimental Rock
13 Technical Death Metal

Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.

14 Dream Pop

Love the vibes of dream pop. - shiftaltkey

Best type of pop besides synth/electropop. I love the atmosphere of dream pop and my favorite dream pop artists are Work Drugs (seriously listen to them, they rule and I’m one of the few people who’s heard of them) and LANY (also awesome). - PhoenixAura81

This is so underrated. - DynastiNoble

15 Ska

So true this is one of my favorite genres - JazzyJulie

To be specific here, Ska actually came in the late 50's, and was the precursor to the more well-known reggae music. Ska is special because of its unique rhythm and the way the electric guitar is being played. I understand why some people might not like it, but that hatred towards such influential music is getting way too extreme.

Sublime - shiftaltkey

Ska is amazing yet if people ask what music I like and I say Ska they always say "What's Ska? " Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are amazing bands

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16 Folk

The Beatles: Blackbird, We Can Work It Out, Norwegian Wood
Queen: Is This The World We Created?
Led Zeppelin: First 2 minutes of Stairway To Heaven, Going To California

No one of my friends listens Folk, so it's not quite easy to find new bands or songs... I wish there'd be more awareness for that genre, because it's the most peaceful, but energetic music I know. - stockiiii

Folk and folk rock both are underrated,only few artists are known - zxm

17 Indie Rock

Not underrated. - Userguy44

Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...

Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys are all indie rock...that doesn't do them popular favors. - WonkeyDude98

Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!

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18 Disco

Disco is way underrated and overhated! Some of the best basslines of all time - JazzyJulie

Disco is awesome and I’m sad that it died. - PhoenixAura81

Um, metal is amazing but this is just an awesome thing.

Disco is great!

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19 Swing Jazz

Swing jazz > Electroswing

20 Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

Rock n' Roll doesn't exist anymore. That's the main reason it's simply the best! - TheHabsFan

It used to be overrated, but thanks to stupid pop and rap its underrated - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Barley any kids these days listen to it, which makes me sad. - Gruunge

If this about 50s rock n roll then yes its underrated.But if its about the Rock genres then it isn't underrated a bit. - zxm

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21 Electronic Rock

Very underrated pretty sad cause this ia my favorite :(

My favorite genre of rock next to Industrial Rock. Both which are seriously underrated.

22 House

Should be higher

My favorite. - blst0033

23 Blues Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

I honestly prefer blues over metal because of the sheer soul put into it. Actually, without the blues, there would've been no such thing as rock and metal today - Mcgillacuddy

More people should try to listen to the Blues because it's great. - Rambles

Best genre if you are lonely. My favourite is Wes Montgomery! - Strobo

Definitely has best muscicians. Also created most of these other genres

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24 Psychedelic Rock Psychedelic Rock
25 Reggae

Nobody knows about reggae because they think it's only Bob Marley but there Are way more artists and styles than just him - JazzyJulie

Most genres you hear in America are either any variation of pop (old school and new school), rap (gangsta, faker Lil Wayne etc) rock (punk, alternative, etc), electronic (dubstep, trap, etc), jazz, even classical. It's all overplayed. Most of us can name at least five or ten artists off out heads but what about reggae? Bob marley and his seed, peter tosh, burning spear, who else can people name? Reggae is a very underrepresented genre in the United States. Hell, even indie music has a large following in the US. Most if not all reggae artists write their own songs and they are from the heart. Most reggae deals with issues happening around us like corruption, war, and poverty. Lover's rock, a sub genre of reggae, is also extremely popular and are about treating your partner right and making love, not just about sex. Reggae is very popular here in Hawai'i where it is if not, the most popular genre here.

MOST UNDERRATED GENRE EVER! People know Bob Marley because of smoking pot and that's it, this is a genre of peace, love and full of soul...

Underrated! I think one of the most underrated albums here is "Two Sevens Clash" from Culture

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26 Atmospheric Black Metal
27 Ambient Pop
28 Gospel

This is Gospel, for the fallen ones, locked away in permanent slumbeerrr...

This Is One Of My Favorites

Love every gospel songs they are underrated - paasadani

29 Nu Metal

Pretty much everyone hates it and I don't understand why. - LemonComputer

Truth be told, this is my least favorite genre

Not for the faint hearted

Nu Metal isn't underrated - zxm

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30 Opera
31 Symphonic Metal

Symphonic metal is truly epic. That's seriously how it's described. Epic movie trailer soundtrack? Symphonic/Symphonic metal. Nightwish is truly an amazing group. Simply beautiful.

Truly beautiful complex music mixing classical music with metal. Heaven

Listen to stargazer - Edgelord

32 Shoegaze

By far the most underrated subgenre. It's Beautiul

I realize that not many people understand what shoegaze is, so here’s a brief explanation that will bend your mind a little. Shoegaze is a genre of music that includes a certain method of music producing in which the vocals and the instruments become harder to distinguish. They sort of run together, creating a unique aesthetic that can’t really be fufilled by any other genre. - ThatoneMetalhead

33 Trip Hop

Yes - JazzyJulie

While Chillwave is also on my list, this one definitely takes the cake. If you want to hear an example in this genre of something actually GREAT, then go listen to the album Peeping Tom.

Listen to Kid Cudi fam

34 Downtempo
35 Industrial

Industrial music is very interesting, and it always finds ways to incorporate new mind-expanding sounds that you probably haven’t heard before. This should be higher. - ThatoneMetalhead

Geez. How is this not higher?

36 Speed Metal

Although speed metal does take a lot of technical ability, eventually the enjoyment comes solely from that technical ability, and then the genre becomes empty. I do enjoy some speed metal, but some certain bands prioritize speed too much over songwriting. - ThatoneMetalhead

This is skill, talent what ever you wanna call it! But pop, rap and hip hop are just talentless and quite bland.

One of the purest forms of metal and one of the best. - Metal_Treasure

37 Trance

Best electronic subgenre ever! - PhoenixAura81

I love this genres, so, so,so much

38 Noise Rock

Noise Rock and other forms of Noise Music often get a bad reputation due to their abrasive nature and the perceived lack of talent required to make such music. However, Noise Music artists are actually very talented, and they know that they aren’t trying to please a mass audience. They are trying to make art that elicits the strongest possible emotions that music can produce, no matter how negative they may feel. A great example of this is the Daughters album “You Won’t Get What You Want”. - ThatoneMetalhead

39 J-Pop

Although Modern J-Pop isn't my jam, I couldn't find City Pop on here which greatly disappointed me, so this is the closest thing I could find because... Japan? City Pop is a genre of music from Japan after the financial boom in Japan after WW2, the music has a very American disco feel to it and often is just called old J-Pop. It's almost entirely unknown outside of Japan but those who like it, love it. It definitely deserves a spot at the top of this list and because it's missing is just more proof of how unknown and underrated the genre is.

I love J-Pop. I like the group AKB48, especially their song Fortune Cookie. I also like the song Pon Pon- AnimeDrawer85

40 Chillwave

Chill bwave and vaporwave are the most underrate thing here probably people now adays tend to either focus on pop music, r&b, kpop, or other old jamz. But vaporwave/chillwave/synthwave?! Theirs only 1 kid I know one kid in my entire school that actually lostens to chillwave and lofi and actually dresses in aesthetic clothing from time to time (my self included) this needs to be much much higher on the list and I'm sure of it

41 Industrial Dance Music

This sounds cool. - PhoenixAura81

42 Power Metal

One of the most criminally underrated genres of metal. Not only it requires talent to do the melodic vocals and play the fast melodic riffs of power metal but also the lyrics actually not talk about drugs, party, girls and boys. The lyrics of power metal often are derived from fantasy and mythology and the overall structure of the song can bring excitement and optimism to the listener. If you are not convinced check some great bands of that genre like Stratovarius,Sonata Arctica and Blind Guardian. You may change your mind.

I really do hope that this gets more attention. Metal as a genre should. - 906389

Power metal is underrated,so the artists - zxm

Probably one of the more accessible (and also very skilled, complex and melodic)subgenres of metal, butunknown to people outside the metal community, most of whom think metal is all satanic unmelodic and screaming. Most powermetal is pretty much the exact opposite to it, people really should give it a listen. - Selanya

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43 Trap
44 New Wave

The best!

45 Industrial Rock

Seriously underrated. If you want a good industrial rock band I recommend you check out Nine Inch Nails or Rammstein. Or even Rob Zombie.

Not my favorite genre anymore but I still love it.The mix of electronic sounds and guitar riffs is just amazing.Marilyn Manson,Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM are just a few of the amazing bands in this genre.-DarkBoi-X

46 Acid Rock
47 Krautrock
48 Dance Pop
49 Future Garage
50 Stoner Rock Stoner Rock
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